Ranger boys hockey splits schedule
Forest Lake boys hockey started out with a bang last week in a shutout of St. Francis at home on Tuesday, then lost at Roseville on Thursday before returning to Forest Lake to beat Park on Saturday.
Senior goalie Collin Peterson recorded the win, saving 26 shots on goal in the 6-0 win over St. Francis. The Rangers dominated with 45 shots on goal. Forest Lake also committed three minor penalties compared to eight penalties, two majors and one ejection by the Fighting Saints. Junior Ryan Herbert opened the door with a power-play goal three minutes into the game off passes from juniors Weston Kilpela and Alex Egle, followed minutes later by a goal by senior Kyle Parker.
Senior Cody Rogala kept the scoring alive in the second period off assists by junior Brett Gravelle and sophomore John Suess. Kilpela recorded a goal shortly after off passes from Gravelle and sophomore Brandon Rogers.
Sealing the shutout for the Rangers was Parker with his second goal of the night, assisted by seniors Trevor Thompson and Landon Pikala, and Suess with the final goal in the third period off another assist by Gravelle (his third of the game) and Rogala.
In the 5-2 loss to Roseville on Thursday, the Rangers were behind early after Roseville scored two goals within the first three minutes, and struggled to play catch-up.
Gravelle and Rogala scored the only two goals of the night for Forest Lake, and also earned an assist each. Also recording assists were Parker and Suess. Junior goalie Jesse Garcia saved 40 of 45 shots on goal against the tough Roseville squad. The Raiders stand third in the Suburban East Conference and tied with SEC-leading Mounds View earlier this season.
The Rangers rounded out their week with a 7-4 victory over Park.
The hosts scored four of their seven in the first period. Thompson started the streak off passes from Pikala and Parker, then Kilpela scored two minutes later, assisted by Herbert and senior Jack Schmidt. Thompson scored again with assists by Parker and senior Noah Brown. Egle closed the first period with a goal off another Herbert pass.
After a penalty-ridden second period by both teams, Herbert and Egle combined for assists to Kilpela to make it 5-0. He scored again in the third period with the help of Schmidt and Herbert’s second and fourth assists of the night, respectively.
Parker capped the win with another goal at 15:23 in the third, while Peterson recorded another win in net with 14 saves off just 18 shots on goal.
The Rangers have an overall record of 5-2 and conference record of 2-2, good for fourth in the SEC behind Mounds View, Hastings and Roseville.
Forest Lake travels to Cretin-Derham Hall tonight, Dec. 20, for a 5:30 p.m. game, and hosts Cloquet at 3 p.m. on Saturday.